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Mr. Adell from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

DEAR=Drop Everything And Read

My students need 30 copies of "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter".

  • $519 goal

This project expired on March 5, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have students who are just at the age where they are deciding whether they want to be readers or not. All of them enjoy a good story in one form or another, so my challenge is to continuously provide them with literature that will pique their interest and expand their horizons.

We are in California.

Our neighborhood is mostly a Latino community where we have a mix between a steady trickle of new families immigrating to the US, and older residents of the community. Some of whom have sent numerous children to our school over the years. The students receive a warm welcome at our site, even though we constantly face a daunting second language issue. It is acknowledged by all that we have an uphill battle, but obviously we are committed to it and so are the students and families. I am on this site because my students understand the value of education and want their shot at the American dream. Without high interest material though, it is very easy to lose their focus and attention.

My Project

One of the sayings I live by is "reading teaches." The activity we will engage in is one that many of them have never been exposed to, namely reading a novel from start to finish. That is the crux of my request. Along the way we will have circle discussions about the themes in the book. We will write essays in response to those themes. Students will choose sections of the book to recreate in dramatic fashion. Lastly, they will have numerous chances to imitate the style of the writer and come up with their own ideas and twists based on what they are reading.

When you choose to get involved in a classroom, you are helping kids, no two ways about it.

This request in particular is important because these novels are a kind of tipping point for kids. When we finish books in class and kids come to me and say, "I used to hate reading, but now I get why it's cool," I know that I am on the right track. My philosophy from the beginning has been that I can teach students through storytelling, as long as I have the right stories and in the right form.

Mr. Adell
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 105 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith • Barnes and Noble $12.21 30 $366.30

Materials cost

$366.30

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$33.52

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.49

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$440.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.70

Total project goal

$518.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$518.01

8 Donors

-$297.00

Donations toward project cost

-$255.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.55

match offer

-$217.48

Match offer toward project cost

-$184.86

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$32.62

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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